(LEXINGTON, Ky.)—This Saturday, April 17th, Brother James W. “Jim” Stuckert was presented with the Kappa Sigma Fraternity Man of the Year Award. The Award was presented at a banquet in honor of Brother Stuckert held at the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center.
Past Kappa Sigma Men of the Year in attendance included former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton, who was awarded the honor in 2001; Jim Morris, Vice-Chairman of Pacers Sports Entertainment in Indianapolis, who was awarded the honor in 2010; and Martin Petersen, Worthy Grand Treasurer and former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who has awarded the honor in 2006. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Worthy Grand Master Justin A. Hansen also took part in the ceremony honoring Brother Stuckert.
Brother Stuckert, of Louisville, Ky., is an April 22, 1956, initiate of the Beta-Nu Chapter at the University of Kentucky. Brother Stuckert graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and also received an MBA in 1961.
Brother Stuckert served Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hilliard Lyons, Inc., from 1995 to 2003. In 1976, Brother Stuckert was elected to serve as President of the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association and still remains on the Board of Directors. In 1980, he received the Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Service to the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. In 2009, Brother Stuckert was appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for a term of six years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Finance Committee for five years. He also served as Chair of the University of Kentucky Presidential Search Committee in 2010 and 2011 resulting in the hiring of President Capilouto effective July 1, 2011.
Brother Stuckert was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of the University of Kentucky Carol Gatton College of Business and Economics in February of 1997. He was also inducted to the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni in May of 2000 and was inducted to the Engineering Hall of Fame in April of 2002. Among other honors,
Brother Stuckert was the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of Kentucky in May of 2004.
“Jim Stuckert’s name is synonymous with everything that is excellent at the University of Kentucky. There has not been a more loyal alumnus to our alma mater. He has constantly provided leadership to the University of Kentucky since the first day he set foot on campus as a freshman. The Brothers of Beta-Nu Chapter have been blessed to have guidance and support for the 64 years of his membership in Kappa Sigma. He has shared his treasure with the University of Kentucky, the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund and the Beta-Nu Chapter and has been a significant role model and mentor for me personally. I treasure his friendship,” said Kappa Sigma Fraternity Executive Director Mitchell B. Wilson, a fellow Beta-Nu and University of Kentucky alumnus.